Education

The Rehabilitation Services Administration's (RSA’s) National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) provides a library that makes it easier for vocational rehabilitation and educational communities, grantees, researchers, trainers and practitioners to disseminate, find and use valuable training materials, quickly and efficiently.

The NCRTM flyer provides basic information on how to upload information to the library.

In support of the 2010 National Disability Summit on Disability Policy, New Editions’ team of researchers prepared ten working papers on disability policy issues. This landmark event commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and attracted over 400 stakeholders from across the country. The papers addressed policy accomplishments and future challenges in areas such as civil rights, housing, health, employment, education and technology.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides guidance and support to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies that are charged with providing job training and placement, as well as on-the-job supports to aid individuals with disabilities find and retain employment. State VR agencies can be most successful when they understand labor force trends and can look ahead at the projected soft and hard skills employers need to train and prepare candidates for the jobs of the future.

The vast majority of the approximately 10,000 individuals returning to the community from prison each week lack the education and skills required for even entry-level employment. Research from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicates a link between academic failure and delinquency, violence and crime. Those reentering the community after incarceration face a system of silos between corrections, education and the workforce system. This contract seeks to support reentry education models based on the best available evidence and theory and building on Department work in this area.

For the National Council on Disability (NCD), New Editions provided research and meeting planning support services for the National Disability Summit on Disability Policy 2010. This landmark event marked the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and brought together over 400 stakeholders from across the country to provide input for a new policy agenda. In preparation for this meeting, our team of researchers prepared ten working papers identifying significant policy accomplishments, emerging issues and challenges for each topic area.

Through a subcontract with Inverness Technologies, New Editions is conducting a study of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Independent Living Program. This program is designed to help eligible veterans live as independently as possible, participate in family and community life, and increase their potential to return to work. The purpose of this study is to collect valuable program information on outcomes to inform strategic planning, as well as to identify resource allocation needs and additional training needs.

New Editions tasks include:

New Editions operates the National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (NTAC), which serves to coordinate activities and communications among the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA’s) Technical Assistance Network members, promote collaborative activities, identify experts and resources, and provide analysis and evaluation of program data. RSA’s Technical Assistance Network provides training, technical assistance and continuing education to improve the performance of State Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

New Editions provides technical support to the Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST) by addressing the accessibility of electronic and information technology (EIT) under Section 508, and its accommodation responsibilities under Sections 501 and 504. The core of our team, located onsite at the U.S.

Enacted by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration is part of a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to assist states (in collaboration with stakeholders) to make widespread changes to their long-term care support systems. This initiative assists states in their efforts to reduce their reliance on institutional care, all while developing community-based long-term care opportunities, and thereby enabling the elderly and people with disabilities to fully participate within their communities.

New Editions coordinates and prepares a series of complex, accessible reports appropriate for Congress that meet the requirements as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).